Samsung Q7FN 2018 QLED TV Review (Q7/Q7F) – RTINGS.com



Hands-on review of the Samsung Q7FN HDR TV

The Samsung Q7FN is a 2018 QLED TV with great picture quality. In this review, we compare it to 4 other popular models.

Full review:

The Q7FN is a high-end model from Samsung which is great for a bright room as it can get very bright and has excellent reflection handling. It also supports the FreeSync variable refresh rate feature for gamers on an Xbox One X/S. Unfortunately, the picture quality degrades when viewed at an angle and the local dimming isn’t very effective to improve the dark scene performance.

Model tested: 55” (QN55Q7FNAFXZA)
Should also be valid for the other sizes: 65” (QN65Q7FNAFXZA), 75” (QN75Q7FNAFXZA).

Note that this is a 2018 model from Samsung, and is different to the 2017 Q7F.

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Design (01:00)
Inputs (01:25)
Controls (01:51)
Thermal (02:04)
Picture Quality (02:16)
Contrast (02:34)
Local Dimming (02:53)
Viewing Angle (03:26)
Reflections (03:45)
Peak Brightness (04:09)
Gray Uniformity (04:33)
Color Volume & Gamut (05:02)
Response Time (05:48)
Image Flicker (06:11)
Input Lag (06:42)
Smart Features & Remote (07:27)
Sound (07:56)
TVs Comparison (08:09)
Conclusion (09:46)

40 Replies to “Samsung Q7FN 2018 QLED TV Review (Q7/Q7F) – RTINGS.com”

  1. Ivo De Backer

    have you ever heard of people using their TV for television programs, not only gaming? You only talk about these TV's being good or bad for gaming, never about picture quality with 4K and regular HD shows. For me, even though your videos are made professionally, the lack of information in that category, makes this useless

  2. Annoyingthing92

    I have a Q7FN (2018) and the motion is awful! Simple movements in a TV show/movie are stuttery and almost shimmer on every edge! Game mode is the exact same. I've tried all the "Motion Plus" which causes more harm than good. Do I have a defective TV or is no one talking about how bad this TVs motion is?!?

  3. the eabster

    What's the difference between the regular Samsung 8000 series UHD and Samsung q LED TVs? Right now they're offering in my local BJ's 82 in ultra HD TV for $1,500. I'm looking forward to trying to buy the q8. But my son is telling me there's not that much difference between a qled and an ultra HD TV. And the displays that they offer you had to walk around the corner look at 1 and walk and turn around to go back to look at the other one so you couldn't see it side-by-side. And I couldn't tell that much of a difference. Are the qled worth the extra money in your opinion? Thank you very much for your time

  4. Philip Anicai

    What is the purpose of the one connect box? Is it possible I can run this TV through my 7.1 surround sound receiver system? How would i integrate the two? The receiver and the one connect box

  5. alexaoo

    I'm still undecided for my purchase!!
    I mean, my last TV was 4k and it held for Olmost 5 years, so my next one will be better so it can last me at least 6 years, should I buy a Q7 55'' or Q8 65''? I need some help

  6. 3choBlast3r

    This is extremely confusing ? The q7fn scores better in most things than x900f and still gets a lower score? With HDR, it seems to have far superior brightness all around yet somehow scores lower?! For HDR movies it has a considerably lower score and I can't figure out why?! (7.8 vs 8.4 on the xf90 /x900f)

    I ordered the x900f but I am REALLY tempted to cancel my order and order this instead (which is a 100/150 euro more expensive but unlike the x900f reaches over a 1000 nits for HDR)

    Furthermore, the input lag is less than half with 1080p, which is important to me since I am still using my launch day ps4. It's also just lower all around (16ms vs 21 on the sony) But it only scores like 0.2 higher for video games.

    It has far better color volume, better grey and black uniformity, much higher brightness/nits with both SDR and HDR, it has much better contrast than the sony has naively and almost reaches the same contrast the sony has with local dimming (but the samsung has shitty local dimming so in the end sony has slightly better contrast with its local dimmin). Colors are almost as accurate after callibration (9.4 samsung vs 9.5 sony)

    Sony does seem to kick samsungs ass with the color gradient, has slightly better motion.

    EDIT without posting. I see now that the sustained 10% is a much better peak nits on the sony … 970 or so vs 770 or so, Got confused because the samsung manages to reach over 2000 nits for 10$ peak window brightness. No expert but I guess that the Sony manages to produce brighter HDR details during sustained scenes while the samsung manages to get SUPER high brightness for very short periods. So I guess that explains the HDR score. still it generally seems to do better and has a better ABL/coefficient score it seems?! 0.011/0.023

    Anywa … I don't get it. To me it kinda seems like the Samsung should be scoring better or maybe the same but it gets a slightly lower score (0.1) and it gets lower scores with HDR movies etc despite seemingly having far better nits and far wider colors?!

    Why? Can someone please explain?

  7. Tony Pace

    Just hooked this up yesterday and the picture is trash I dunno if I'm not calibrating it correctly…have a ju7100 I got a cpl years ago that blows this picture out of the water

  8. Daniel Yousouf

    I found on the Q7FN that connecting a PC with an AMD card for freesync I'd set the desktop colourspace to 12bit YCBCR which does result in some saturation on reds and blues but otherwise makes everything look much much better, I could set the colourspace to NATIVE and edit the input source to change my PC's output source into a bluray player and instantly everything looked more colourful. I could then max or nearly max backlight and max contrast and set colour on the TV from 40-50 this made everything look obscenely colourful. Then I'd configure the TV in movie mode in the settings of my choice such as HDR10+ mode maybe low contrast enhancement and my choice of motion enhancement. Then I'd open up the windows 10 store Netflix app and play a HDR10 movie like lost in space. While the movie is playing I'd set the AMD graphics cards colour settings for my display to have a contrast increase of around 10 and a saturation boost of anywhere from 10 to 150 or so depending on the movie. Cranking the saturation up on the Netflix HDR film lost in space filled in flesh tones like magic and cheeks became rosy you could see if the tips of their noses were red from cold or not and such. Overall for 4k 10bit HDR video blasting the enhanced colour dept and saturation maybe is an inaccurate picture but the colours become so disturbingly real I couldn't care about accuracy at all I believe the Samsung panel is maybe higher bit depth than just 10bit and my desktop being 12bit and the bluray player settings deep colour adds another 2 bit perhaps and setting it to native mode maybe further increases the bit depth. at this point I can see some colourbanding in certain blue skies or ocean underwater scenes but other than that it looks disturbingly life like especially for 8k hdr photography wallpapers of landscapes with sunsets. You will see many photographs and videos looking slightly too colourful but that's because that's how the camera captured it the shutter speeds and such. If you fiddle with the saturation and levels of the TV's colour setting while in this mode to find your preference you will not want to buy any other TV ever probably as its life like enough that you won't need a new TV for years to come. I don't think anything else will come close to 16bit colour depth or whatever it is I'm looking at not without an amazingly high price tag so yeah I'm so glad I bought this TV just wish I knew how to adjust the reds and blues to remove some of their saturation. The desktop looks overkill colourful but some video games like divinity original sin 2 or destiny 2 which have HDR support look great. Seeing this i'd never want an OLED unless I was like living in a dark cave without windows or something or if the OLED panels were 24bit true colour it may top the Samsung panel I have possibly but the price they'd want is not worth it.

  9. Talha Khokhar

    I'm thinking of getting this or the LG B8, there the same price, but there's kids at home who might watch children's shows where the logos will be in the corner, also might game a bit which will have static huds, not sure how big a problem burn-in would be. Also the room it's going to be in is really bright. Anybody have any advice?

  10. Howard Davidson

    Thanks Samsung for making my Q7F QLED 75” TV look worse than my pre 1080p Samsung 75” Tv with you November 2018 Software Update.I loved the sharpness of the picture and the popping colours as it was.Now it looks like black paint has been poured over the screen and lost its sharpness .This will not make me buy a new one from Samsung ever.As this my second Samsung 75”TV which software updates have ruined the picture quality.Believe me I have always had the latest technology in TVs and do a lot of video editing in 4K so I’m at least qualified to make a reasonable judgment.Im very upset I purchased this TV on how it was at point of sale and its picture quality then.Not expecting Samsung to change it for something vastly inferior .

  11. v cam

    This is a budget tv going for a high end price, there is no justification to sell a edge lit tv for such a high price, this is what I hate about samsung, look at sony all their mid range tvs have full array dimming.

  12. Haohmaru HL

    Can anyone explain why such emphasis on thinness? In what possible scenario will it be crucial if tv is going to be constantly hanging on the wall or standing on he stand anyway? It's not like you gonna carry it around or something..

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